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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

A. Palmer

Army Smartness: 1941

Army Smartness: 1941

December 1941. "White Motor Company, Cleveland. A halftrack scout car gets a touch-up job on the chassis assembly line. A durable finish protects the metal -- and helps to bring the vehicle up to Army standards of smartness." 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office for Emergency Management. View full size.

 

Fly Me to the Moon: 1942

Fly Me to the Moon: 1942

May 1942. Parris Island, South Carolina. "Marine Corps glider detachment training camp. A glider winch." Medium format nitrate negative from photos by by Pat Terry and Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Student Driver: 1942

Student Driver: 1942

June 1942. "Light tank, Fort Knox, Kentucky." 4x5 inch Kodachrome trans­parency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Shove It: 1942

Shove It: 1942

March 1942. Virginia Beach, Va. "Fort Story coast defense. A tough job for soldiers is shoving the breech block of the giant howitzer into place. The screw threads help the block to withstand millions of foot-pounds of pressure caused by the exploding charge." Photo by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fledglings: 1942

Fledglings: 1942

1942. "Final assembly at Vultee's Downey, California, plant of the BT-13A 'Valiant' basic trainer -- a fast, sturdy ship powered by a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Untethered: 1942

Untethered: 1942

May 1942. "Parris Island, South Carolina. Tactical formations of barrage balloons prevent dive bombing and the strafing of important ground installations. The Leathernecks are developing an excellent technique in this method of protecting important locations from enemy aircraft." Photos by Alfred Palmer and Pat Terry for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

How to Bed a Balloon: 1942

How to Bed a Balloon: 1942

May 1942. Continuing the series last seen here. "Parris Island, South Carolina. Special Marine units learning how to bed down a big barrage balloon." Photos by Pat Terry and Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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